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March 18, 2013News for travel agents

  Business and Industry Watch 
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  Trends and Technology 
  • Thriving culinary tourism catches the eye of tour suppliers
    The culinary travel scene continues to grow as tour operators expand their offerings of food-and-beverage themed experiential travel products, this feature says. "Travelers today are more discerning than they were 20 years ago and they don't want standard tours; it's definitely about the experience and engaging all the senses," said Moira Smith, GoWay Travel's general manager for Africa and the Middle East. (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Your airport experience goes mobile in the U.K.
    Human Recognition Systems created biometric technology to identify fliers at the parking barrier, and then notify them of travel details via a mobile application. The application offers other details depending on where the traveler is inside the airport. HRS will implement the technology at several U.K. airports; it was successfully piloted at Gatwick Airport. (U.K.) (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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 ASTA's Home-Based Marketing Guide
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  Small-Business Strategies 
  • How to re-spark inspiration during small-business setbacks
    Setbacks are a natural part of running any small business, and the key is to rekindle your motivation when times feel low, writes Lee Polevoi for the Intuit Small Business Blog. Polevoi offers seven motivational tips to use when you need new inspiration, including revisiting your initial spark, making new goals, acknowledging your successes, finding inspiration in others, cutting out negative thinking and talking, changing up your routine and considering taking a little bit of time off to recharge. Intuit Small Business Blog (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASTA Spotlight 
  • Member alert on Utah SB237 (Hotel occupancy tax)
    As the Utah legislature races toward the end of its 2013 session, it is considering a bill that would apply new taxes to the fees charged by travel agents for facilitating hotel bookings in the state. The bill in question (SB237, introduced by Sen. J. Stuart Adams) would require "short-term lodging intermediaries" to pay taxes of up to 11% on the service, consulting and other fees charged to clients for facilitating hotel bookings. Commissions would not be considered part of the charge and thus wouldn't be taxable under SB237. Be sure to ACT NOW! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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